Reflecting on our Shrine to the Lady Hathor, we come across her in the Papyrus of Ani (also known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge)
Hathor, Lady of Amentet, the Dweller in the Great Land, the Lady of Ta-Tchesert, the Eye of Ra, the Dweller in his breast, the Beautiful Face in the Boat of Millions of Years, the Seat of Peace of the doer of truth, Dweller in the Boat of the favored ones…..
Hathor has so many aspects, names, and faces. She is part of, and part Aset (Isis) as well as Bast and Sekhmet.
It is helpful to think about the gods/goddesses not as ‘individuals’ but as ‘divine principles.’
Hathor was originally affiliated with Sekhmet, both are the Eye of Ra (or Re) their father. When Sekhmet was tamed she became Hathor, and also Bastet.
That way the combining can make sense in that Sekhmet is a ferocious goddess, feline, who when tamed, became Bast (or Bastet), and also an aspect of Hathor. All three are strong goddesses, ferocious, having strength in fire, destruction, and also love, beauty, peace, and healing.
Beliefs and traditions change over a period of time, so the Ancient Egyptian religion/mythology can be a bit challenging to track over thousands of years of belief as the gods/goddesses evolve and magically merge.
Suffice it to say, Lady Hathor is an important aspect of the Divine Feminine.